LebTown features a different Lebanon County pet each Friday to help us enter the weekend with the best vibes possible.

This week, meet Gretel!

Gretel, according to owner Patsy Keller of Lebanon, is a nearly 7-month-old golden retriever puppy.

“I also have her mother and have known her from her first moments of life,” Patsy says. “She’s a pure stinker with a huge personality.”

Sadly, Gretel was born with a cleft palate, Patsy says — meaning the seam at the top of her mouth is open to her sinuses. Patsy says she learned of Gretel’s issue when the puppy was just 3 days old and, since then, she and her daughter have tube-fed Gretel around the clock.

“She is thriving,” Patsy says, despite “a few vets telling us to let her go.”

Gretel is a “little diva,” Patsy adds, and her mother Áine (pronounced Anya), a 3-year-old golden retriever, is “super sweet.”


Keep your eyes open for Gretel and Áine out and about in Lebanon … and take care of yourself, Gretel!!


Looking for a pet? Check out available adoptions at the Humane Society of Lebanon County.

To nominate your pet, email pets@lebtown.com and include:

  • Your name and your pet’s name
  • Pet’s breed if applicable
  • A little about your pet and why they should be “Pet of the Week”
  • And of course—pictures! Feel free to send high-quality attachments or a link to an online storage service.

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Tom has been a professional journalist for nearly four decades. In his spare time, he plays fiddle with the Irish band Fire in the Glen, and he reviews music, books and movies for Rambles.NET. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and has four children: Vinnie, Molly, Annabelle and Wolf.